Robert Douglas, 1st Viscount of Belhaven

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Robert Douglas, 1st Viscount of Belhaven PC (1573 – 14 January 1639), was a Scottish courtier.

The second son of Malcolm Douglas of Mains (executed 1584), [1] by Janet Cunningham, daughter of John Cunningham, of Drumquhassil. [2]

He was Master of the Horse to the Prince Henry, a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to James VI and Charles I and Master of the Household to Charles I. [1] [2]

Douglas was sent with to France with a gift of horses in July 1607. [3] He was knighted in 1609. He led the horse of state at Prince Henry's funeral in December 1612. [4] In July 1616 he went to France with Lord Hay. [5]

He was sworn of the Scottish Privy Council. In 1633, on the coronation of Charles I, he was raised to the Peerage of Scotland as Viscount of Belhaven, in the County of Haddington. [2]

Lord Belhaven married Nicola Moray, daughter of Robert Murray of Abercairny, in 1611. She died in childbed in November 1612. [2] He had two children by his mistress, Elizabeth Whalley [1] the sister of Edward Whalley, who was subsequently to be a regicide.[ citation needed ] They were both legitimised by Act of Parliament when he became a viscount at Charles I's coronation in 1633.[ citation needed ] His son John is assumed to have predeceased him, but his daughter Susanna Douglas married her cousin, Robert Douglas of Blackerston. [1] On his death, his estate including the Gorbals Mansion House passed to his nephew and son-in-law. [6] Lord Belhaven died at Edinburgh in January 1639 and was buried in Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh where his monument remains today. [7] As he had no sons the viscountcy died with him.

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  2. 1 2 3 4 "Robert Douglas, 1st and last Viscount Belhaven". Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. HMC 9 Salisbury Hatfield, vol. 19 (London, 1965), p. 197.
  4. Thomas Birch, Life of Prince Henry (London, 1760), pp. 352, 114, 448.
  5. John Maclean, Letters of George Carew to Thomas Roe (London, 1860), p. 38.
  6. Stuart, Robert (1848). Views and notices of Glasgow in former times. Allan and Ferguson. p. 33.
  7. John Oswald Mitchell, John Guthrie Smith (1878). The old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry (chapter 70). James MacLehose & Sons. University of Strathyclyde Electronic Library Accessed on 4 August 2010
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